The Beauty of Copper
Copper's ability to conduct heat makes it an ideal material for plumbing and accessories. When the hot water makes contact with the copper bathtub or copper sink, the walls of the vessel quickly come up to temperature and help hold in the heat. This eliminates the need to keep refilling the tub or sink, which saves water and helps reduce heating costs.
Because copper is malleable, it is easily bent and molded without the risk of cracking. This allows designers and craftsmen to create unique products with different shapes and textures, such as copper slipper bathtubs with hammered exteriors and copper farmhouse sinks with decorative apron fronts.
Copper is resistant to corrosion, and will never rust. Easy to preserve, copper bathtubs and copper sinks require little more than periodic maintenance. To care for your copper fixture, simply dry after using and polish from time to time. Even left untreated, the natural weathering process creates a verde green patina that protects copper from further corrosion.
The most accurate way to designate copper thickness is to measure the weight of material per square foot, in ounces. The greater number of ounces per square foot, the thicker and heavier the item. This process of measuring copper is extremely reliable and has become the preferred method in American industries. Since visualizing copper in weight per square foot can be difficult, look for thickness listed in millimeters or inches. This can give you some idea of how the fixture will look in your particular setting.
Another common way to measure copper thickness is to assign a gauge number. Typically, fixtures with low gauge numbers are thicker and heavier. There are several widely recognized gauge systems, each with different standards. Because each gauge number can include a range of actual weights and thicknesses, gauge should be used only as a general guide.
For more information about copper, visit the homepage of the Copper Development Association. The site features articles about current copper trends, national consumption rates, historical facts, scientific data, and much, much more. Search the database for reports on particular issues, or browse through the pages for a variety of information that is both interesting and educational.
Because of copper's natural composition, cleaning is easy. Simply rinse after each use to rid the surface of any soap or dirt. For a more thorough cleaning, wash occasionally with dish soap and a sponge.
Copper sinks and copper tubs will patina with time and normal use, creating a much sought-after living finish. If you wish to keep your copper fixture in its original condition and prevent the natural aging process, wipe it dry after each use. Apply normal wax at least once every 15-20 days. Our copper sinks and tubs are warranted against manufacturer's defects for a period of five years. The finishes available are considered living finishes and are not covered under warranty.